Monthly Archives: January 2011

Green Find + Green Gift

Not a big fan of numbers or accounting, I find myself dragging my feet when it comes to year-end wrap up and new year set-up.  So I found myself poking around the thift stores a bit yesterday on a quest to purchase a soap pot.  To my dismay the first four places I checked didn’t have what I was looking for – a large kettle in which to place a soap pot {like a double boiler}.  Then I struck gold. I picked up a perfect enamelware soap pot with lid at an antique store on my way home.

It was half price which thrilled me even more. 🙂 
I also picked up some baby silverware – which I love to use for mixing in my smallest bowls.

ok, the butter knife and two forks were bonuses! I seem to be charmed by little silverware as of late, so they all ended up coming home with me.

Today I was blessed with another gift:

Yep! Another soap pot!  This one is huge & perfect for making a large batch.  Best thing about it though is… it has a story. 

It was given to me by a friend who helped me with my end-of-the-year accounting.  It was sitting in storage un-used and waiting to be adopted by someone who would put it back into service.
It had belonged to her mother-in-law who had used it for years in her homemaking and was marked with her name, and the name of her church. I’m imagining big pots of soup or potatoes for church gatherings. I’m feeling blessed and I will treasure it….and pass it along when I’m done.


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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads This blog is doing awesome!.

Crunchy numbers

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The Leaning Tower of Pisa has 296 steps to reach the top. This blog was viewed about 1,100 times in 2010. If those were steps, it would have climbed the Leaning Tower of Pisa 4 times

In 2010, there were 28 new posts, not bad for the first year! There were 102 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 45mb. That’s about 2 pictures per week.

The busiest day of the year was October 28th with 32 views. The most popular post that day was It’s Holiday Season! .

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were,,,, and

Some visitors came searching, mostly for clint eastwood quotes, handmade soap, wordpress comments “all natural handmade soap”, soap, and fiesta food-beresford.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.


It’s Holiday Season! October 2010


Invest in your community April 2010


HaNDmade soAp! It’s basic…it’s simple…it’s a luxury. March 2010


“You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya punk?” June 2010


Handmade Soap FAQ’s June 2010

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1.1.11 {it’s gonna be a GREAT year}

New Year! New Adventure!  Looking forward to a whole lot of getting back to the simple and natural.  January will be a month of trying new recipes, new methods & new products.  I LOVE that creative force that lets you get lost for hours in the kitchen.  I’m trying new essential oils, new all natural colorants, new molds, etc.  Can’t wait to see what I can add to my line.  I’m looking at Mechanic’s soap, Gardner’s Soap, Hair Conditioner, Rosemary-mint shaving soap, air fresheners,  lip balms, etc. 

I’m also going to be sharing a bit about the ingredients that I’m using and the things that make them beneficial for your skin.

Oh, for my gardener friends…our products are featured on a new site.  It’s called Dirt Couture and is a site like Etsy with all handmade products.  I like it because it’s fresh, high quality handmade stuff.  See the link below.

Thanks to you all for your support and friendship this past year.  I’m looking forward to this new year in hopes of serving my customers in the best way I know how.  Please feel free to leave me a comment or suggestion.  Peace & Love.

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